Prayer for comfort

This post is part of my lenten series: 40 prayers for Russia's orphans.  Won't you join us in lifting up some of the most vulnerable children in our world today? 

Day 23

"According to numbers from the U.S. State Department provided by the office of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), there are 884 American adoptions of Russian children in progress, and 337 cases in which the parents have already met the child they want to adopt."

I loved Arie before I met him. I know its true because I love him now and the way I felt about him back then and the things I did to bring him home.... well, I feel the same way about him now and I know I would do it all over again if I had to.

When I met Arie it was like I was falling in love with him all over again. The first time I loved him, I did through a picture and with a deep rooted conviction that I wanted to be his mama. The second time, it was like the first only better because I got all those lovey-dovey feelings with it. Butterflies. It will forever be one of the best days of my life, I'm sure.

When I think about the families whose adoptions are in progress, families who have pictures of their children, and those who've already met their children, my heart just aches. A deep down kind of ache. Today's prayer is for those families and those children.

God of all comfort,

It doesn't make any sense to us. Why are you allowing this adoption ban? Why did you lead these families to their children, only to have all their hope, excitement, and joy ripped away from them?

We ask you why again and again, wondering if you will ever provide an answer.

In your holy word, there's a character who questioned you too. Job. As our questions go unanswered, so did his. Though his pain was deep- like the pain of those 884 families and the children they seek to adopt- you did not explain yourself to him. Instead, you answered his questions simply by showing him that you are God. 

As we seek your comfort in the midst of pain, let that answer be enough for us. Let the fact that you are God be the answer to all the hurt, loneliness, worry, and loss that both those 884 families and their children are facing.

We pray that this cup of suffering will pass from them.  We pray that you will move mountains and bring those children home.

Yet, your will be done.

Comfort us with yourself as we wait.


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